African bank considers funds for Uganda’s 9-MW Buseruka

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is considering providing a loan of 6 million Units of Account (US$9.6 million) to the government of Uganda for construction of the 9-MW Buseruka hydroelectric project.

The project, to be developed by Hydromax, would be built on the Wambabya River at the Western Rift Valley near Hoima in Hoima District.

AfDB said the entire cost of the project is US$27 million. Another US$10 million is to come from other financing sources.

The bank said consultants would be recruited for the project. Additionally, it said equipment is to be obtained from China or India.

The project includes a small storage reservoir, a run-of-river canal, forebay, penstock, turbine-generators, control room, tailrace, and substation. It also includes construction of a 46-kilometer, 33-kilovolt transmission line for grid connection, as well as transmission and distribution networks for the remote mountainous area, which is not currently served by the national utility.

Uganda’s Ministry of Energy is to be the executing agency. For information, contact L. Rakotobe, Director, Country Operations, East A., African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia; (216) 7110-2040.

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